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    February 10, 2019

    Working: Turning photos, and mom, into art

    LEWISTON — After decades shooting flowers and wildlife, Bonita Boothby is turning her photography into more of a business, and turning her mom into art. Boothby, 61, has 15 of her 8-by-8-inch bright, floral photos hanging at Bear Bones Beer. She also has newly created mugs and notecards from her work and from a cache […]

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    February 9, 2019

    Aroma Joe’s growing Maine brand celebrates sustainable beans

    AUBURN — Tulio DeAlmeida sold his car for the capital to help cinch the franchise agreement for Aroma Joe’s on Center Street, opening the new coffeehouse two years ago, eventually leaving his job at Texas Instruments to dive full-time into lattes and FROJOEs. He has 12 mostly part-time employees and joins in the morning rush, […]

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    February 8, 2019

    Budget talks start for Turner, Leeds, Greene schools

    TURNER — School board directors started the initial discussion this week on next year’s SAD 52 budget, tentatively considering new buses, teachers and software, while they wait on news of state funding. Superintendent Kimberly Brandt said the first workshop Thursday was full of possibilities that included two new classroom teachers, a half-time pre-kindergarten education technician, […]

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    February 8, 2019

    Leeds students name service pup in training 'Lucky Tim'

    LEEDS — After coming up with a long list of contenders that included Fluffy, Unicorn, Gronk, Vladimir and Buttercup, Leeds Central School students named the new therapy dog-in-training Lucky Tim. He may also be extra lucky: Trainer Christy Gardner said specialists have reached out since she introduced the pup to the school on Monday and […]

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    February 8, 2019

    Dave’s American Buffet shuts down abruptly in Lewiston

    LEWISTON — After only a month, Lewiston lost its new 275-seat buffet. Dave’s American Buffet in the Lewiston Mall closed Thursday. “We were not shut down, we closed. And we regret we had to,” owner Dave Paine said Friday, declining further comment. Paine had opened in January with ambitious plans, turning the former 9,000-square-foot Hibachi […]

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    February 6, 2019

    Oxbow Brewing opens tasting room, plans restaurant at Carter's XC Ski site in Oxford

    OXFORD — Oxbow Brewing Co. out of Newcastle bought the former Carter’s XC Ski Center on Route 26 last year. Last week, it opened the Bottle Shop, a retail and tasting room, and work is wrapping up now on a 60-seat, wood-fired pizza restaurant and bar in the refurbished, nearly 200-year-old barn. Plans call for a […]

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    February 5, 2019

    Modula reaches new heights in Lewiston — vertical storage company sees massive expansion

    LEWISTON — After experiencing a 72 percent growth in sales last year, Modula is gearing up for an even bigger 2019. The high-tech storage company has signed leases for 110,000 square feet of additional space, more than doubling its size, and plans to add up to 30 jobs by the end of the year, CEO […]

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    February 4, 2019

    Missing wrist bone won’t hobble pup from vying to be Leeds school’s therapy dog

    LEEDS — Kids at Leeds Central School on Monday met a sweet-faced, 9-week-old yellow Lab born without a wrist bone. He is due to have his front leg amputated and a hernia fixed later this month. And after the puppy recovers, Christy Gardner hopes to bring him back once a week as part of training to become a school […]

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    January 31, 2019

    Lewiston company’s helmet padding to be worn in Super Bowl LIII

    Rick House, director of technology at Jones & Vining, is framed through an older-style football helmet Thursday afternoon at the company’s facility in Lewiston. A helmet featuring the company’s new, higher-protection padding rests in front of House. Jones & Vining makes the interior foam padding for Riddell’s SpeedFlex helmets, which will be worn Sunday by many of […]

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    January 29, 2019

    Auburn man head writer on new, campy radio soap opera 'Restless Shores'

    Greg Tulonen (Sun Journal photo by Kathryn Skelton) LEWISTON — Milton is a hard-charging pharmaceutical CEO planning the family succession. Rhonda is his administrative assistant and scheming mistress. Miguel is a mysterious stranger trying to uncover his past. The only clue: A bracelet his mom wore when she escaped from a medical facility. When Miguel […]


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